It will be about fifty years from now. Then the intelligence of computers can surpass that of humans. So says Roger Bemelmans, professor of applied artificial intelligence from the professorship Data Intelligence at Zuyd. “This is the expectation of artificial intelligence gurus. Now no one can beat a chess computer anymore. But it is very specifically a branch of the sport. In fifty years, it is not inconceivable that technology will be more intelligent than humans in all areas,” Says Bemelmans to Martijn Zoet, speaker of Futureproof Financial, in the podcast on Data Intelligence.
So far, there have been three industrial revolutions:
- in 1748 (the steam engines)
- in 1870 (electricity)
- in 1969 (automation)
The fourth revolution will go down in the books as ‘smart data’. Before Bemelmans can cite examples of his research group, Zoet will first know what artificial intelligence really is. “Then you talk about non-biological machines that do things that we consider intelligent,” says Bemelmans.
He does not want to research the possibilities of machines so much theoretically. “Our biggest concern is what it will benefit you in practice as a company, community or citizen. For example, together with the Open University, we look at ‘machine learning’. That means we collect a lot of data. In this case, data on how many are training and coaching. We then use algorithms to see what insight we can get out of this. Computers can detect patterns that we would never have extracted with ordinary statistics or other techniques. ”
Children with muscle disease
Bemelmans calls his professorship contextless. “By that I mean that you can use ICT everywhere. That’s why we help with various Zuyd transition themes: in sustainable production, healthcare and future-proof business. When it comes to sustainable production, you quickly end up on Brightlands Chemelot Campus. To recycle materials, one must look at the entire production chain. An electric car, for example, sounds sustainable. But during production it is not so bad. ” So there is a lot to gain in that area. And it can also be done better in healthcare. “For example, a child with a muscle disease now has to go to the hospital every other week for measurements. It is a heavy burden for a family. My colleague is therefore working on a solution that enables the family to take these goals at home on a daily basis. The results go directly to the hospital. In this way, the family is relieved, and the doctor gets many more measurement results, which gives him a better picture, “says Bemelmans.
Numerous studies are also underway to properly prepare companies for the fourth technical revolution. One of these is the project on ‘the digital twins’. Digitally clones a device belonging to a company. It has a twin brother. On this digital clone, Bemelmans and his researchers can realistically run all kinds of scenarios in a simulation environment without damaging the original. Students, companies and many other lectureships and programs are daily involved in the research carried out by the Data Intelligence lectureship.
Economist Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum says that in the future, the digital and biological world will become more and more intertwined with a sauce of artificial intelligence. Many books and movies have been made about this. If I had to recommend one book, it would be Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0. This is about artificial intelligence, and where we want to be in 30 and 10,000 years. The great thing is that you do not have to know AI to understand Tegmark. “
Bemelmans says in the podcast that he loves technology. To create and create new things. But what makes it extra beautiful is that it can mean something to the quality of life for everyone on earth.